Pacific DL-266


    The Pacific DL-266 is the grand daddy of all single stage presses.  Although presented with most, if not all of the features of the DL-155, the DL-266 is just a quality reloader.  It's smooth operation is unmatched by most presses of then and even today.  It's duel pillars make for a smooth up and down motion.  The DL-266 is a straight line press, which makes for faster reloading.  It will resize brass, and comes with a primer feeder.  To me, there is no reloader to compare it to.  The DL-266 derives some of it's design off of the Pacific 366 reloader. 

    I searched high and low for a good DL-266.  It was my intention to get this reloader right off the bat, because I heard about how great it was.  I finally found this one on Ebay for around $170.  It was a bit over price, but the DL-266 is a hard reloader to come by.  If you have the chance to get a DL-266, take it, because you probably won't see to many again. 

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Pacific DL-266 Shotshell Reloading Instructions


Setting up your DL-266

1.  After removing your loader from the carton, bolt the unit directly to a sturdy bench.  Allow enough room on either side of the loader for the components you will be using during reloader.  Most important: mount the loader close enough to the front for the handle to come to a solid stop without contacting the bench top.

2.  Next remove the measure assembly, turn it upside down, and remove the charge bar stop pin and the charge bar (note which way it came out to reinstall it the same way.)  The charge bushings will fall out of the charge bar, but the shot and powder bushings are different diameters to prevent a mix up.  Check the bushing identification and compare with the label or with the standard loads.  Also, check for the presence of the measure seals (flat rubber washers) in the measure casting.  These seals are necessary to insure even powder charges and to prevent the shot from damaging the casting.  If everything is in place, reinstall the charge bar and replace the charge bar stop pin.

3.  Mount the measure assembly on the loader making sure the primer feed link fits in between the two primer rod nuts and the primer rod.  Put a box of primers in the primer tube filler and turn the knob to fill the primer tube.  Actuate the charge bar at least twice to get the primers in position for operation.  End with the charge bar forward.  NOW fill the shot and powder hoppers.  CAUTION:  Do not put powder in the shot hopper or vice versa.

Loading the first shell

Sort empty cases as to brand and type.  Inspect cases and discard those with cracks, loose base wads, or any other defect.  You will find it is best to load only one brand and type of shell at a time, so that you may use the same combination of components and loader adjustments without interruption.

The 266 has been factory adjusted, but some slight adjustment may be made necessary by variations in the components you are using.


1.  Place the empty shell in position at station one, making sure the deprime punch is in the case mouth and the shell is reasonably centered under the size die.


2.  Lower the operating handle to the stop.  Make sure the handle is not being stopped by some object (like the bench).  Notice as the platen rises the shell is automatically guided into the die.  Before raising the handle check that the die has made contact with the rim of the shell and is fully down against the platen casting.

3.  Raise the handle and the case (resized and deprimed) is ejected from the die.  Ready for step two.

(All reloading operations end on the positive stop that occurs when the resize die touches the base casting, except when the case is being primed.  Therefore, adjustment of this die affects the adjustment of all other dies.  When properly adjusted, resize die should lightly touch base casting when operating lever is fully lowered.


1.  Your DL266 has an automatic primer feed and if you read the previous instructions there will be a primer in the seating pad ready to prime the first shell.  If you did not read the instructions on setting up the loader, you will have to place a primer in the seating pad by hand for the first two shells you reload.  After the first two, there will always be one in the pad unless you run out or forget to refill the tube.

2.  Place the shell over the seating punch and raise the handle.  The shell will line up directly over the primer and be seated to the bottom of the primer pocket when the handle reaches the bottom of the stroke.  Pacific's design insures no concave heads since the shell is not held by the rim, but is pushed over the primer by the inside of the shell.


1.  Place the shell in station three under the wad guide.  Make sure the wad guide spring fingers enter the mouth of the case and do not catch the edge.

2.  Lower the operation handle to the full stop.  While the handle is down, push the charge bar rearward until it stops.  This not only drops powder but also drops the next primer.

3.  Raise the handle and place the was over the wad seating stem/drop tube.  Lower the handle making sure the wad enters the wad guide and the overpowder cup does not catch the wad guide.  The handle will reach the full stop and the wad is seated.  Lowering or raising the seating stem will increase or decrease wad seating depth and pressure.  Most wads for the AA type shell have the same column height and very little adjustment is needed when changing wads.

4.  Now before raising the operating handle, pull the charge bar fully forward, dropping shot and preparing the next primer to be dropped when the charge bar is next actuated.  (NOTE:  There should be about 1/2" to 9/16" between the shot and the mouth of the case for proper crimping.  If measurement is otherwise, you may be using the wrong combination of components.)


Place the shell in the shell holder head and lower the handle.  The Pacific crimp starter easily aligns with the existing crimp.  The knobs on the outside are to help in manually aligning the crimp when flattened crimps are reloaded.


1.  Place the shell in Pacific's unique two-stage crimp die.  This die is constructed in two parts to provide a better crimp.  As the shell enters the die the crimp is pushed into place.  The shell contacts the top of the die and the lower portion raises with the shell.  The crimp plunger is stationary and increases the amount of crimp.


2.  When you remove the shell from the die you will notice the mouth of the case has a nice taper and the leading edge is slightly rounded giving a more professional appearance and to assist in chambering in pumps and autoloading shotguns.


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